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The Books That Shaped Octavia E. Butler

From Fantastic Four comics to books on craft, Butler’s life was organized around reading. 

Octavia Butler Dawn
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  • Photo Credit: Patti Perret, photograph of Octavia E. Butler seated by her bookcase, 1986. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

Butler's youth

Writing research and inspiration

Octavia Butler journal
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  • Butler’s journal entry about the library fire, pg.1, box 174, [1986].

    Photo Credit: Octavia E. Butler Papers, Huntington Library, San Marino, OEB #3188

The works of contemporaries

Lifelong favorites

Octavia Butler Dawn
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  • Photo Credit: Octavia E. Butler papers. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

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